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Deceased Real Estate Agent’s Identity Stolen

Deceased Real Estate Agent’s Identity Stolen

. By Jennifer Felten  Fraudsters and spammers are becoming more and more commonplace in today’s world.  It seems everyone is on social media, emails, texting, and buried deep inside their “smart device”.  This has proven to be a gold mine for many fraudsters, and it appears they have no conscience in some cases. In June […]

Wire Fraud Continues to Impact Real Estate Industry

Wire Fraud Continues to Impact Real Estate Industry

. By Jennifer Felten  Wire Fraud is unfortunately happening too often and sometimes with devastating results.  Everyone needs to become more aware and more vigilant against these criminals as everyone is at risk.  For example, Lori Sattler, an acting State Supreme Court justice in New York, was in the process of selling her Upper East […]

California Holds $8 billion in Unclaimed Property

California Holds $8 billion in Unclaimed Property

By Jennifer Felten According to the California State Controller website, the State of California is currently in possession of more than $8 billion in Unclaimed Property belonging to approximately 32.5 million individuals and organizations.  California has an Unclaimed Property Law where it takes possession of unclaimed property.  This law requires unclaimed property “holders” (such as […]

The Tangled Web of Foreclosure

The Tangled Web of Foreclosure

By Jennifer Felten Case of the Month:  Joshua and Christina Epps, Plaintiffs and Respondents v. Bruce Lindsey, Defendant and Appellant What’s in a word?  For Bruce Lindsey, he hoped it was the house he was living in.  Unfortunately, it didn’t work out the way he wanted.  It all started when Lindsey’s at the time girlfriend, Linda Barbee, […]

Airbnb Updates Security

Airbnb Updates Security

By Jennifer Felten Airbnb has been in the news lately, but not for good reasons.  Criminals have started hacking the accounts of highly rated Airbnb users.  They then are able to conduct a short-term lease on properties using someone else’s account.  While they are in the unit, they rob the place.  Other criminals have taken […]

Do I really have to pay the State of California Annual Minimum Franchise Tax? Taxed When Taxes Aren’t Owed.

Do I really have to pay the State of California Annual Minimum Franchise Tax?  Taxed When Taxes Aren’t Owed.

By Jennifer Felten They say two things in life are a certainty …death and taxes.  A small company named Swart Enterprises, Inc. (“Swart”) found out the hard way how states are always trying to get more revenue via tax dollars.  If you haven’t heard about Swart, don’t feel too bad.  It is a small, family […]

Homeowner Uses Doorbell Speaker to Spook Would-Be Burglar

Homeowner Uses Doorbell Speaker to Spook Would-Be Burglar

By Jennifer Felten The term “Internet of Things” (“IoT”) refers to the ever-growing network of physical objects that feature an IP address for internet connectivity, and the communication that occurs between these objects and other Internet-enabled devices and systems.  For the average household this means basically connecting many “smart devices” via the internet, typically via […]

Sea Lions May Not Make the Best Neighbors: Citizens for Odor Nuisance Abatement (CONA) v. City of San Diego et. Al.

Sea Lions May Not Make the Best Neighbors: Citizens for Odor Nuisance Abatement (CONA) v. City of San Diego et. Al.

By Jennifer Felten California is known for its beautiful coastline with miles and miles of beaches.  But not all beaches are as inviting as others.  The case of Citizens for Odor Nuisance Abatement (“CONA”) versus the City of San Diego (“City”) calls into question the habitability of one such beach known as La Jolla Cove.  […]

A New Year Means New Tax Laws

A New Year Means New Tax Laws

By Jennifer Felten Each New Year brings many changes.  January first of each year is when many new laws take effect and December 31 is when many old ones expire.  Below are just a few new tax laws that are being considered or recently passed for 2017 that relate to real property ownership. At the […]

Yes, HOA Can Sell Property for Delinquent Fees

Yes, HOA Can Sell Property for Delinquent Fees

By Jennifer Felten Howard Rich purchased a single-family residence at an execution sale.  The execution sale was conducted to satisfy a judgment against Yung-Shen Steven Lee.  Rich was a third-party purchaser.  The plaintiff and judgement creditor was Spyglass Hill Community Association, the HOA which managed the residence where Lee lived.  After the sale, the trial […]

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